Q&A: Backhausdance

Backhausdance, Orange County’s premier professional contemporary dance company known for its ensemble aesthetic and lush movement vocabulary, will perform on March 27 at Irvine Barclay Theatre. Marco Vega, a UCI dance alum and one of Backhausdance’s teaching artists, describes his career.

How did you get into dancing?

I first discovered my love for dancing at the age of 16, taking a jazz/tap class on a whim at my performing arts high school. From my very first class, I quickly knew that dance is what I am meant to do in this lifetime.

How has UCI shaped your approach to dance?

There was tons of exposure to different teaching methods, rehearsal processes and movement ideologies. I had the opportunity to explore many realms within dance and choose what kind of path I wanted to go into.

What do you find most challenging?

One of the most challenging and rewarding things about a career in dance is how it is always changing. I constantly remind myself to expect the unexpected and to be open to whatever comes my way.

What makes Backhausdance special?

Something that sets Backhausdance apart from other contemporary companies is the diverse repertoire that is offered each season. It is constantly bringing in diverse, renowned choreographers that push the entire company out of its comfort zone and keeps the possibilities endless.

What can we expect from your upcoming show?

The audience can expect a night of excitement. The program is truly diverse and highlights the strengths of such a diverse group of dancers.

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